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Hawpe retiring after 40-year career with the Courier-Journal


David Hawpe, a former editor of The Courier-Journal who has been editorial director since 1996, is retiring after a 40-year career at the Louisville newspaper.

The newspaper won four Pulitzer Prizes under his direction. Hawpe’s resignation, which was announced Tuesday in a story on the newspaper’s Web site, is effective Aug. 14.

“David has been an iconic figure at the newspaper and in the state and region,” Executive Editor Bennie Ivory said in an e-mail to the newspaper’s staff announcing Hawpe’s decision. “Through his editorials and columns, he has been the voice and conscience of

The Courier-Journal. “

Hawpe started at The Courier-

Journal in 1969 as a reporter in the Hazard bureau in eastern Kentucky. He had previously worked for The Associated Press and the

St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. Besides serving as editorial director and editor, he held other positions at the paper, including managing editor and city editor of the afternoon

daily The Louisville Times.

He was a past president of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association, and was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 1994.

“It’s been great to have leadership opportunities at my hometown newspaper for such a long time, and, I hope, to help make a difference for the community we serve,” Hawpe said. “I don’t think I could have asked for more than this in a journalism career.”

Ivory said a successor to Hawpe will be appointed at a later date.

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